Monthly Archives: March 2012

Spring!

Spring!
Hello Everyone! :panda:
How was your weekend? I’ve spent two sunny days in Valchiavenna in Italy. There was a lot of gardening to do and I finally made my own vegetable patch! :iida: I can’t wait to grow my own Kabocha but for now there are only aromatic herbs like sage, rosmary, marjoram and chives. Originally I had planned to sleep and take many pictures but I ended up working in rubber boots and sweaty clothes. I didn’t even had time to take a shower.. :ohnoo:
Anyway, despite the stinging nettle on my hands and the tramp look I enjoyed it very much!

Plum blossoms :twinkles: aren’t they pretty?

If you follow me on twitter you probably already know but here it is again.. I passed the first part of my exams! Unbelievable but true… and with far better grades than what I expected or wanted. :totorosmile:
I feel much more confident for the second part now especially since it’s not about natural sciences & co. but languages. I have a lot of books to read though. :ohno:
I’m happy however that blogging hasn’t had a negative influence on my studying so I won’t feel too bad anymore when spending time with it. :klimper:

My grandmother has the most beautiful narcissuses in her garden!

To take a glimpse of my new hair cut, read on!
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Murasaki Bento

Murasaki Bento
Hello!
As I wrote in my previous entry I would like to write more often again! Shorter but more frequent entries.. Not blogging for over a month has definitely left its aftereffects. Also, I’m having some difficulties with my cam at the moment! I just can’t seem to get the focus thing right. There are some very sharp areas and some totally blurry areas.. Anyway, I will ask my brother since he’s kind of a pro with these things. :iida:
Bute here you go, I called it Murasaki Bento since the pickles are purple but with this cold light it doesn’t look pruple at all.. :crying:


Murasaki 紫 means purple in Japanese and stands for wealth and position. I’ve heard that it’s the color of the Japanese emperor, the Tennō 天皇 but I couldn’t really find something when looking for it on the internet. There is the story of a famous German manufacturer of pens, pencils and other art supplies called Faber Castell who tried to open up to the Japanese market with a crayon set but failed miserably. The same set was sold in Europe with big success so they couldn’t explain this total flop in Japan. When they tried to find out why nobody wanted to buy their sets, the company was told that they had forgotten one of the most important colors for the Japanese: purple. They changed the set for the Japanese and added purple and since then the set is sold very well.


Since it was rather cold I made a hearty Bento including Onigiri with Furikake and Tsukemono, smoked meat, carrots and spinach in one of the tires and Tamagoyaki with cheese, Caprese and melon with raspberries in the other tire.


Obento mass production! The pic nic in the wild park was really cool! People, especially the kids, stared a lot but we didn’t care! :kitsune:
As soon as I’ll manage to take a picture of my new hair cut I’ll show it to you! And there’s still the top ten award I need to do and a lot of makeup I haven’t reviewed yet. My asos and topshop orders arrived and I’m very pleased hehe.. I love the topshop blushes!

Have a great day Everyone!

byebye,

Wolves, Capricorns & a very sick nekochan

Wolves, Capricorns & a very sick nekochan
Hello Sweet Peas! :bling:
How have you been? I’ve been pretty busy with being ill the last week and to be honest I’m still not me again. I feel like a feathery ghost wandering the appartment and settling my bed. I hate being ill! It’s unbearable.. :sigh:
Last Sunday however we went to a wild park and whereas the weather wasn’t as sunny as it could have we enjoyed it a lot!


I haven’t been to a Zoo in ages because I wouldn’t be able to stand the view of imprisoned animals. The last time I’ve been to a Zoo was in Japan (so over 3 years ago!) and I still remember how terrified I was when I saw the cute otters rushing from one corner to the other without ever stopping. :bang:
I got really angry that time and told a staff that I wanted to speak with the director because I’m a journalist from Switzerland (obviously that’s not true) but he just looked at me with big eyes and incomprehension. After a while however an other man came and said that they’re very well aware of the circumstances in their Zoo and that they were planning on making it more comfortable for the animals.


I can get rather upset and sad in such situations because I know that I stand no chance against a Japanese Zoo/Aquarium keeper but I know that several people saw and heard my complaints about the poorly treated otters and dolphins and that maybe the one or the other will think about it. It was at the Otaru Aquarium おたる水族館 in Hokkaidō by the way.. :snif:
Anyway, in a wild park the animals have much more space and that’s why I like them better. Of course you won’t see any Tropical animals since we’re in Switzerland here but I enjoyed it nevertheless and was rather impressed by the native animals. Who totally got me under their spell were the wolves. :oh:

If you have a sensitive stomach, skip the next two images! :omnom:

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